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Pope sends condolences to Manchester after attack

May 23, 2017. After the deadly terrorist attack at Victoria Station in Manchester, England, the pope has sent his condolences to the victims and their families.

Pope creates a Pontifical Council to promote the new evangelization of the West


The technical name of the dicastery is the Pontifical Council for New Evangelization of the West.  Announced during a ceremony in the Basilica of St. Paul outside the Walls, the department will be dedicated to bringing Christian faith to places where the concept of God has been overshadowed.

The first president of the department could  be Archbishop Salvatore Fisichella, the current rector of the Lateran University of Rome and president of the Pontifical Academy for Life.